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July 2014 Volume 28.7 St. John’s United Church of Christ St. John’s is a community
July 2014 Volume 28.7 St. John’s United Church of Christ St. John’s is a community

July 2014

Volume 28.7

St. John’s United Church of Christ

St. John’s is a community of faith centered in Jesus Christ, seeking

guidance and direction through the Holy Spirit, and demonstrating

God’s love to all people in words

and deeds.

An Open and Affirming Congregation

503 Stuart Circle Richmond, Virginia 23220 Telephone: 804.358.9291

Email:

stjohnsrichmondoffice@verizon.net

Web Site:

stjohnsrichmond.org

Published monthly © 2014 St John’s UCC

What I dont understand about myself is that I decided one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I cant be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that Gods command is necessary.Romans 7:15, The Message

Friends: When she was a young teen, I recall introducing my daughter to an actress that has become one of her favorites. The artist was Audrey Hepburn, and the movie was “Roman Holiday”. In the movie Ms. Hepburn plays a crown princess who becomes frustrated with her tightly scheduled life. I think that maybe this character’s response to the high degree of control her position in life demanded inspired my daughter’s resistance to such controlling powers in her own life.

In this passage from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Rome it is helpful to understand that there

is a controlling energy not entirely his own in the decision making process Paul describes. The following chapter defines it for us:

“With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who en- ter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying

black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at

the hands of sin and death.”

(Romans 8:1-2)

The language Paul uses in this segment of his letter sounds personal; I believe there is a personal nature to the message he wants to communicate and that we should give it careful, personal considera- tion. But let us remember that like most of his writings, this one is identified as a letter to the church. To me, this means that we must also consider how the decisions we have made together and agreed to are kept…or not. We must take into consideration our personal weaknesses and how these impact our corporate (read “church”) commitments and public statements. A little further on in this letter Paul writes:

“Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own

moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God!” (vs 5-6)

As a people of faith we are called to acknowledge that God’s command, that life on God’s terms, is what is required of us. Not much of a Roman holiday for us, eh? But wait! The teacher who inspired the apostle made a simple statement about how to live life on God’s terms. Jesus said,

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

living On God’s terms
living
On God’s terms

I hope that this appeals to you as the way to resist the powers that

control and to live life on God’s terms. It does me. It feels liberat- ing to me! But I know that, like Paul, what I have decided about how I ought to live and how I actually behave is not always consistent. It is obvious to me that God’s command is necessary for my life. I need God in my life. I need to pay attention to Jesus. And I need the love of the church. This is my confession and my

testimony. My friends, can we say that this is a shared understanding and a shared value? Can we tell this to one another?

St. John’s church, the Jesus in me loves the Jesus in you!

Tom G

2 The Messenger | JULY 2014 from the Council President Happy summer to every one!
2 The Messenger | JULY 2014 from the Council President Happy summer to every one!
2 The Messenger | JULY 2014 from the Council President Happy summer to every one!
2 The Messenger | JULY 2014 from the Council President Happy summer to every one!
2 The Messenger | JULY 2014 from the Council President Happy summer to every one!
2 The Messenger | JULY 2014 from the Council President Happy summer to every one!
2 The Messenger | JULY 2014 from the Council President Happy summer to every one!
2 The Messenger | JULY 2014 from the Council President Happy summer to every one!
2 The Messenger | JULY 2014 from the Council President Happy summer to every one!

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from

the Council President

Happy summer to every one!

The month of June brought our St John’s Youth Players

production of “Alice in Wonderland” to the stage.

during June, Rev. Tom attended the Central Atlantic Conference. Our thanks to Rev. Alexis Slonin who preached on Father’s Day in Rev. Tom ‘s absence.

monthly church breakfast was well attended on that day, too!

Also

Our

The 2014-2015 Church council had its first meeting on June 9 th . The following are the officers for this council. President- Betsy Bighinatti Vice President- Desiree McNiece Secretary- Marjorie Barbour Treasurer - Fritz Will IV

Members of Church Council

Betsy Bighinatti, President Desiree McNeice, Vice President Marjorie Barbour, Secretary Fritz Will, Treasurer

Bryan Anderegg

Jeff Hetzer

Vivian White

Bill Watson

Laura Totty Ginna Minasian Dalton Helena DeLigt

Karen-Marie Yust

Launch Sunday, September 7 th

Put it on your Calendar!

Launch Sunday, September 7 t h Put it on your Calendar! …let your light shine before

…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to God in heaven.

Matthew 5:16

We will be sharing God’s light with others building furniture that will be donated to CARITAS helping people move off the streets and into homes with furniture and assembling baby care and hygiene kits for Church World Service to send overseas to people in need. During July and August we are asking you to purchase the following items and bring them to the church by the end of August, or donate funds that will help us purchase the needed items. (Make checks payable to St. John’s with Launch Sunday Missions on the memo line.) On September 7 th , we will gather together to build the furniture and assemble the kits. All as a part of our “let your light shine” kick off to the program year.

our “let your light shine” kick off to the program year. Here are the items we

Here are the items we need:

For the Baby Kits (must be just what is described below). Items must be new. Infants are 12 months and under in size. Infant T-shirts (no onesies) Washcloths Infant gowns or sleepers Diaper pins Infant sweater or sweatshirt Receiving blankets Cloth diapers

Hygiene Kits

Hand towels (16 inches by 28 inches) Washcloths Wide tooth combs Nail clippers Bars of Soap (bath size - individually wrapped) Tooth brushes in original packaging Standard size Band-Aids One Gallon plastic bags with zipper closure

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To

Receive a Gift

And To Give a Gift

What did you receive when you GAVE a gift? How do you feel when you RECEIVE a gift? Have you ever thought of being involved with the work of St. John’s in that same way?

Often when people decide to covenant with others they are encouraged to seek out a situation within the

they are encouraged to seek out a situation within the life of the community or congregation

life of the community or congregation that BRINGS THEM LIFE and

then seek one out where they can be the LIFE-GIVER.

Church Council is trying on a new way of thinking regarding the fulfillment of our minis- tries. We are inviting you to discern your own ministry based on where you can give and

where you can receive.

prayerfully consider one of these ministries listed below to strengthen your life.

Below is a list of our ministry offerings. During July we ask you to

WHERE WILL YOU SHARE YOUR GIFT?

During July we ask you to WHERE WILL YOU SHARE YOUR GIFT?  Welcome Team 
During July we ask you to WHERE WILL YOU SHARE YOUR GIFT?  Welcome Team 

Welcome Team

Choir

Liturgist/reader

Sound System

Altar Preparations

Communion Service

Tellers

Acolytes

Sunday morning Flower Dedications

Special Services

Sunday Morning children/youth programing 9:45 am and 11:15 am

Sunday Morning Adult Programing 9:45 am and Adult Forums (third Sunday)

Small Group Bible Study (Faith Conversations)

Centering Prayer

Confirmation

Seasonal Programing (Launch Sunday, Ad- vent, Lent)

Being a Teacher

(Launch Sunday, Ad- vent, Lent)  Being a Teacher  Covenant Care Groups  After Worship
(Launch Sunday, Ad- vent, Lent)  Being a Teacher  Covenant Care Groups  After Worship

Covenant Care Groups

After Worship Fellowship

Monthly Breakfast

Special Fellowship Opportunities (Easter, Thanksgiving, Summer events, etc.)

German Fest

The Fellowship

St. John’s Players

Weddings

 The Fellowship  St. John’s Players  Weddings  CARITAS  William Byrd House 

CARITAS

William Byrd House

Circle Center

PoFEV

ACTS

Pride Fest

Advocacy

Speak with Rev. Tom, Julia or any member of the Church Council to learn more.

4 The Messenger | JULY 2014 Income St. John’s Financial Picture YTD as of May
4 The Messenger | JULY 2014 Income St. John’s Financial Picture YTD as of May
4 The Messenger | JULY 2014 Income St. John’s Financial Picture YTD as of May

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Income

Income

St. John’s Financial Picture YTD as of May 31, 2014

 
 

2014 Budget

Budget YTD

Actual YTD

 

Pledge Payments* Cash Offerings Other Income

(Endowment Contributions

$127,000

$52,917

$53,140

$22,000

$9,167

$4,156

$122,850

$61,129

$64,429

Parking Lot Rental, Wedding Income, etc.)

 

Total Income

$271,850

$123,213

$121,725

Expenses

Personnel Committees Operations/Maintenance Local Benevolences Other

166,549

71,551

70,571

22,191

9,246

8,031

122,390

53,326

54,330

7,300

5,858

5,572

9,600

2,625

2,625

Total Expenses

328,030

142,606

141,129

Income/Expenses Total surplus (deficit)

(56,180)

(19,393)

NOTE:

1. Income includes a total of $85,000 annual contribution from Endowment Fund ($7083 monthly)

2. Annual Deficit to be covered by Endowment Fund and General Reserve Fund

3. 2014 Pledge Budget is $126,000. To date, 56 pledges for $118,000 have been received.

To date, 56 pledges for $118,000 have been received. July 6 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Zechariah

July 6 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Zechariah 9:9-12

Romans 7:15-25a

Psalm 145:8-14

July 13 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 55:10-13

Romans 8:1-11

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Psalm 65:(1-8), 9-13

July 20 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 44:6-8

Romans 8:12-25

Psalm 86:11-17

June 27 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 3:5-12 Psalm 119:129-136

Romans 8:26-39

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

June 27 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost 1 Kings 3:5-12 Psalm 119:129-136 Romans 8:26-39 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
June 27 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost 1 Kings 3:5-12 Psalm 119:129-136 Romans 8:26-39 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
June 27 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost 1 Kings 3:5-12 Psalm 119:129-136 Romans 8:26-39 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

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Summer in Faith Place Children’s Programming Confirmation We will offer programming during the 10 am
Summer in Faith Place Children’s Programming
Confirmation
We will offer programming during the 10 am worship service for
children 8 and under in Faith Place during the summer months.
Following the lectionary, we will be telling and retelling stories
found in the Hebrew Scriptures (or Old Testament).
We will
explore each story further through art, drama, activities, and more!
See you in Faith Place on Sunday!
Our four confirmands – Ashley, Cammie, Bryan, and Josh
– enjoyed an overnight retreat at the church on June 28 th .
The evening began at Jumpology where jumping is
encouraged. Back at the church, they made plans for a
summer mission project and shared stories of their
experience of church. Please pray for our confirmation
class as they move towards affirming their faith in God.
Faith Conversations Small Group for Adults
Centering Prayer
Come, join our small group conversation as we feed on God’s
Word. In July, we will explore different ways to study and meditate
on scripture. We will gather at 7 pm on July 21 st at the home of
June Smyth. If you are interested in attending, please contact Julia
(juliastjohns@verizon.net, 804-358-9291) and she will send you
materials to read and reflect on before the gathering. All are
welcome and encouraged to participate!
Tom will be offering a time for centering prayer on
Wednesday evenings starting at 6 pm. Everyone is
welcome to come for quiet time to center your thoughts
and spend time in prayer with God.
to center your thoughts and spend time in prayer with God. S incerely, James Cook Eagle
to center your thoughts and spend time in prayer with God. S incerely, James Cook Eagle
to center your thoughts and spend time in prayer with God. S incerely, James Cook Eagle
to center your thoughts and spend time in prayer with God. S incerely, James Cook Eagle
to center your thoughts and spend time in prayer with God. S incerely, James Cook Eagle
to center your thoughts and spend time in prayer with God. S incerely, James Cook Eagle

Sincerely, James Cook

Eagle Scout Project At St. John’s

Hi! My name is James Cook and I am a member of troop 700 in Ashland, Virginia. I have been a member of scouts

for approximately 10 years and I am now trying to obtain the rank of an Eagle Scout. As a member of the church

(becoming a member with the last confirmation class),

upon choosing an eagle project, I could think of no better institution to help than our church. The project I will be doing is to build a new sound table for the sound equipment being used during worship which is located on the balcony in order to improve the quality of worship. I am asking for monetary donations from the congregation for this use on this project and would be extremely appreciative of any received to help me obtain the goal of completion of my eagle scout project. Please contact me at 227 3466 or email me at jjcook96@gmail.com

contact me at 227 3466 or email me at jjcook96@gmail.com William Byrd Community House Donations (WBCH)
contact me at 227 3466 or email me at jjcook96@gmail.com William Byrd Community House Donations (WBCH)

William Byrd Community House Donations (WBCH)

Don’t forget that on the third Sunday of

each month, we receive contributions of non-perishable food items for the William Byrd Food Bank. Ask for a shopping bag

with a shop- ping list at- tached from a member of the Welcome Team when you come to worship, and

Ask for a shopping bag with a shop- ping list at- tached from a member of

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6 The Messenger | JULY 2014 Congratulations St. John’s Summer Chil- dren’s Theatre Participants! Alice In
6 The Messenger | JULY 2014 Congratulations St. John’s Summer Chil- dren’s Theatre Participants! Alice In

Congratulations St. John’s Summer Chil- dren’s Theatre Participants!

Alice In Wonderland was GREAT! We thank all those members who at-

tended, and everyone who invited family and friends along to our Sum-

mer Children’s

lightful performance! Our thanks to Anita Sharpenstein, the director, Tony Sharpenstein, the choreographer and Amber dePass the musical director for their dedication and love for the children and the theatre! We had over 500 children and adults in attendance over the 8 performances!

Theatre production of Alice In Wonderland. What a de-

Theatre production of Alice In Wonderland. What a de- Congregational Breakfast July 20 Mark your calendar

Congregational Breakfast

July 20

Mark your calendar now and plan on attend- ing our monthly congregational breakfast on Sunday, July 20 at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. We will enjoy the food and fellowship and update you on all the happenings at St. John’s. Hope to see you there!

all the happenings at St. John’s. Hope to see you there! Members of The New Pastor
all the happenings at St. John’s. Hope to see you there! Members of The New Pastor

Members of The New Pastor Search Team

Elisabeth Burnette (Co-chair) Don Stiegler (Co-chair) Sam Dalton Lynn Snyder Kristina Gilbert Jeff Jacobs Justin Barbour Desiree McNeice Rob Osborn

Rev. Tom Gerstenlauer - revtgerst@gmail.com Julia Eliades - 358-9291 358-9291 juliastjohns@verizon.net Church Council

Rev. Tom Gerstenlauer - revtgerst@gmail.com

Julia Eliades -

358-9291

358-9291

juliastjohns@verizon.net

Church Council Chair:

Betsy Bighinatti -

grandude42@aol.com

379-3572

Facilities Chair:

Richard Bighinatti - 379-3572

grandude42@aol.com

Finance Chair:

Jeff Hetzer -

550-3928

Jeff.Hetzer@VDOT.Virginia.gov Mission and Outreach Chair:

Bill Watson -

873-2837

William.D.Watson@gmail.com Christian Formation Chair:

Bryan Anderegg -

banderegg2003@yahoo.com

317-1941

Worship and Music Chair:

Ginna Dalton -

gmdalton2001@gmail.com

378-3386

Congregational Life and Care Co-Chairs:

Helena DeLigt -

hdeligt@comcast.net

Kim Vann -

795-2058

323-9086

dancinbearklv@yahoo.com

MAUDE GANZERT 2101 Lydell Drive Henrico, VA 23228 804-716-4222

MAUDE GANZERT 2101 Lydell Drive Henrico, VA 23228

804-716-4222

  Welcome Sound Acolytes Lay Fellowship Nursery Tellers Facilities Team System Readers
  Welcome Sound Acolytes Lay Fellowship Nursery Tellers Facilities Team System Readers
 

Welcome

Sound

Acolytes

Lay

Fellowship

Nursery

Tellers

Facilities

Team

System

Readers

Hosts

Helpers

Leader

July 6

Justin Barbour

David Pittman

Josh Lyle

Sal Anselmo

Helena

 

Rob Osborn

Justin Barbour

Cheryl Goode

DeLigt

Tony Sharpenstein

     

Hank Allen

         

July 13

Lynn Snyder

Dreama Terrill

Cammie Allen

Bryan Etter

TBA

Abby Ward

Denise Martin

Joe McGregor

Eddie Allen

Chris Etter

Chris Ward

Adrianne Dery

     

Hank Allen

         

July 20

Lynn Snyder

Dreama Terrill

Cammie Allen

Chris Burnette

Richard and

Laura Totty

Denise Martin

Joe McGregor

Eddie Allen

Elisabeth

Betsy

Adrianne Dery

 

Burnette

Bighinatti

July 27

Bill Watson

Mark Atkinson

Savannah

Bud Higgins

Cheryl Goode

Marjorie

Bud Higgins

Bill Watson

and Ashley

TBA

and Justin

Jeff Michel

Quick

Barbour

Fellowship Coordinator:

Tellers Coordinator:

Lay Readers Coordinator:

Sal Anselmo 358-1696 Bud Higgins 301-5059 Sal Anselmo 358-1696

Please find a substitute if you are unable to perform your ministry and contact your team coordinator AND the office to let them know who will be filling in for you. Thank you for making our church ministries run smoothly!

Thank you for making our church ministries run smoothly! July 6 July 13 July 20 July

July 6

July 13

July 20

July 27

Mark Souza

Elisabeth

   

Burnette

To order fresh flowers to be placed on the altar in honor of a special occasion or person or in remembrance of someone, please sign-up on the flower chart on the bulletin board in the hallway near the nursery or contact Sonny Darnell at 743-7528 or kenandsonny@comcast.net $45.00 for two beautiful bouquets.

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